I am very much pro-Biafra — Wole Soyinka

I am embarrassed to be called a Nigerian - Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka shocked his AlJazeera interviewee when he declared his unalloyed support for Biafra.

Wole Soyinka stated that the Igbo people have been marginalized by the Federal Government that this has fueled their desire to opt out of the union.

Speaking on Al Jazeera, Wole Soyinka stated that “I am very much pro- Biafra.

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“I recognise that the Igbo have been wronged desperately.

“They have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of the nation.

“Let me also say this, Biafrans are not entirely innocent in this affair. They were not.

“However, the unleashing of such venom, such devastation on them as a people, was sufficient to justify their decision not to be part of the nation.

“I was pro-Biafran in the sense that I felt that they needed justice,” Soyinka said.

Soyinka however denied he was stoking trouble, especially in the Biafran crisis.

“I grew up in certain circumstances being very conscious politically, in this very Abeokuta.

“My mother was involved in the politics, my aunt, Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, was a leader.

“I grew up among political arguments on issues that concern humanity and I find that basically gravitated towards recognising the basic worth of human beings.

“Something I disagree when they call me a patriot because I don’t agitate on some certain entity called a nation; I agitate on humanity.

“Officials do not want to confront their own history, especially the history in the making of which they feel uncomfortable.

“But, if you do not confront your past, you are going to mess up your future.

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“They (the Igbos) have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of the nation.

“If we continue to have a centralist government, then, Nigeria is on the brink, Soyinka said.